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Independence Day: Top 10 patriotic Bollywood films

With diverse storylines, Bollywood has been always experimented with the theme of patriotism. There are, however, a few classics that stand out. We bring a list of ten patriotic movies that will be remembered for times to come.

bollywood Updated: Aug 14, 2015 15:31 IST
HT Correspondent
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A still from Rang De Basanti.

With diverse storylines, Bollywood has been always experimented with the theme of patriotism. There are, however, a few classics that stand out. We bring a list of ten patriotic movies that will be remembered for times to come.



Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rang De Basanti connected strongly with youth, and redefined patriotism in modern context. It starred Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and Alice Patten.



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Raj Kumar Santoshi's Shaheed Bhagat Singh is one of the most memorable patriotic films so far.



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In the garb of a thriller-drama, A Wednesday, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher was very much a film with patriotic flavour.



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Chak De! India explores religious bigotry, the legacy of partition, ethnic and regional prejudice, and sexism in contemporary India through field hockey.



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Lagaan revolved around the peasants from a village who are oppressed by high taxes imposed by their rulers.



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Set in the time of partition, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha starred Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, and Amrish Puri.



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Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey was based on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee, based on the Chittagong Uprising of 1930.



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Swades starring Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi showcased myriad colours of India.



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Mr India starred Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri (as Mogambo). The film dealt with the issue of growing violence in India.



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Mangal Pandey: The Rising was based on the life of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier who is known for his role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857.